By Frank Dimon
For Daily Item
LEWISBURG -- The Lewisburg wrestling team has been a team of pinners this season. Entering Thursday night's key Heartland Athletic Conference II showdown with Hughesville, the Green Dragons had racked up 110 falls and had averaged nearly seven in each of their 13 victories.
Turns out the Spartans have a penchant for pins as well. Hughesville picked up five falls and dominated Lewisburg 47-23 in a match that carried huge HAC-II championship implications and critical seeding significance for next week's District 4 Dual Meet tournament.
Hughesville (12-4 overall, 4-1 HAC-II) got falls from Ethan Barnes (220) and Jacoby Foresman (285) in the first two bouts plus six consecutive wins in the stretch from 120 through 152 to keep its title hopes alive and likely leapfrog the Green Dragons in the duals seedings that will be announced Sunday.
"I go into every match hoping that my team will wrestle well but today at school I wasn't sure if we could handle Lewisburg," said Hughesville coach Steve Budman. "I wasn't sure how their good guys were going to match up with ours. I have gone into matches thinking we were going to win and then lost."
Budman had no need to be worried. Barnes pinned Jamison Bond in 55 seconds and Foresman, a senior with an unspectacular 4-4 mark, converted five takedowns before pinning John Ward in the second period to hand the Spartans an early 12-0 lead.
"Foresman's win was a big one for us, one that we weren't counting on," Budman said.
Dr. Mike Brown, sitting in for head coach Jim Snyder, who was out of town on business, said the Green Dragons were flat in spite of the implications of the match.
"We were flat from the start," said Brown. "(Hughesville) came to wrestle and it steamrolled from there. We got the matchups that we wanted. They won the flip and gave us the matchups we wanted. The match at 285 was a key loss for us."